Betting on the Illinois Vs Missouri College Hoops Odds

Posted by Kenny Bell on December 23, 2015 in

While there are some NCAA Basketball betting fans who don’t really believe that the season begins until conference play kicks off, there are plenty more who love the match-ups that come in the early part of the season. We have a good one on Wednesday, December 23 when the Illinois Fighting Illini head to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis to face the Missouri Tigers in what is deemed a neutral site game. Tip-off for this one is set for 7 PM EST on ESPN2.

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How to bet Fighting Illini Vs Missouri Tigers College Hoops Odds

This figures to be a close one, and while it is officially a neutral site game, you might think that playing in their home state would give the Tigers an edge at straight up odds. Illinois are a tough nut to crack, though. This should be an exciting game, and it can be made even more exciting by betting on the OVER/UNDER.

Why bet on the Illinois Fighting Illini

It has been a rough start to the season for Illinois (7-5) with a number of close defeats bringing down their overall record. They appear to have turned things around, though, and are coming into this one on a 4-game winning streak. That winning run is good news for those of you who want to play the Fighting Illini to cover, as they are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games after a straight up win. They also appear to like playing on Wednesdays, as they are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games on that specific night. The last 8 games that Illinois has played versus Southeastern foes has seen the OVER go 6-2. Illinois is averaging 77.2 PPG, and are giving up 75.3 PPG.

Why bet on the Missouri Tigers

The Tigers (5-5) are coming into this one on a 2-game losing skid, but they do have the benefit of playing a neutral site game in their home state. On the downside, the Tigers have lost both games that they have played in neutral venues this season. It’s not all doom and gloom, though, as Missouri has gone 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after a double digit loss on home court. They are also a solid 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games. The last 5 games that the Tigers have played overall has seen the OVER go 4-1. Missouri is averaging 68.8 PPG, and are giving up 72.8 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While this essentially comes down to being a home game for the Missouri Tigers, that edge may not be enough to get them over the hump here. Illinois are just a little bit better, and should be able to come away with the win.

Illinois Fighting Illini 78 Missouri Tigers 67